Tangerine Essential Oil (Citrus reticulata)


Tangerine may also be referred to as mandarin, tangerine, unshu orange, satsuma orange, temple orange, tangerine. It is typically processed using cold pressed/expressed as a method for extracting oil from the citrus rind (peel).


Tangerine Essential Oil is fresh, sweet, citrusy and is similar to the brighter aroma of tangerine peels (as compared to orange peels), but has a more concentrated, intense aroma than does Sweet Orange Essential Oil.

Tangerine Oil is not phototoxic. See Safety Information section for more information.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Citrus Fresh Sweet

  • Common Name(s): mandarin, tangerine, unshu orange, satsuma orange, temple orange, tangerine
  • Botanical Family: Rutaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Citrus
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenes
  • Major Compounds: a-Pinene, Myrcene, Limonene, y-Terpinene, Citronellal, Linalool, Neral, Neryl Acetate, Geranyl Acetate, Geraniol, Thymol, Carvone
  • Perfumery Note: Top
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Greenish Orange
  • Indigenous Country: South Africa
  • Cultivation: Unsprayed
  • Processing Methods: Cold Pressed/Expressed
  • Part Typically Used: Citrus Rind (Peel)
  • Shelf Life: 2- 3 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Anxiety Bodily Congestion Cellulite Exhaustion Flatulence Insomnia Nervous Conditions / Tension Stress

Therapeutic Benefits of Tangerine:

Anti-anxiety Anti-spasmodic Digestive tonic

Other Uses for Tangerine:

Don't expose the skin to sunlight after using tangerine oil.

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Tangerine:

Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young recommend careful storage and avoiding use of oxidized Tangerine Oil to prevent skin sensitization. Tisserand and Young confirm that Tangerine Oil is not phototoxic. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 87,343.]

Safety Precautions for Tangerine:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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